I never imagined our 1 year old would still be waking 3 to 4 times per night. Last week I was excited and thought things were changing...she did a few 6 hour stretches, waking to nurse just once. But, alas, we're back to the same old routine, which is wreaking havoc on my marriage because my husband feels I should just give her the breast as many times as it takes to basically shut her up. Due to the layout of our house, she's still in our room which I feel is a disaster. There is one other room upstairs but I feel we need to do whatever we need to, to get her in her own space and away from the source of milk! I don't know what to do but I'm going insane with the unpredictibility of he sleep habits and the early wakings. I've read a lot, and know the techniques and am ready to implement a gentle version of crying-it-out...but not while she's in our room. Just wondering what other people's experiences have been with this?Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 8:36 AM on Jul. 23, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)
Answer by BradenIsMySon at 8:42 AM on Jul. 23, 2010
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Answer by amileegirl at 10:09 AM on Jul. 23, 2010
It's healthy and normal for toddlers to nurse at night. For all of human history mothers have slept with and breastfed their children at night. In most places in the world they still do. It's normal for children to wake at night until they are 3. Take away breastfeeding and then you don't have that for them. Its much easier to have your baby in your room and its great that your husband is ok with that.
My DIL works and isn't into mothering much. My son and I take care of my grandson and all she does is breastfeed. We treat her like a queen because she does because my grandson has a genetic illness and needs to breastfeed. Anyway, he is 22 mo and when he was around 18 mo night nursing got much easier. He is still in their room but only nurses once or twice.
Answer by Gailll at 10:11 AM on Jul. 23, 2010
Answer by amileegirl at 10:17 AM on Jul. 23, 2010
I'm in a similar situation with my 13 mo old who still nurses several times a night. I have gradually begun the process of trying to get her to nurse less frequently during the night. I'm using the information I got from this article, and so far it is going really well! Last night she slept form 8:30 to 1:30, and I was able to rock her back to sleep w/o nursing, then she woke again and I nursed her at 4am (and she nursed several times from 4-6:30 am). I'm really happy with that! I think you will like this article, this Dr. suggests you keep the baby in your room with you so I think it will work well for your situation: Changing The Sleep Pattern In The Family Bed
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